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Liu, Dongxia

Liu, Dongxia

Minta Martin Professor
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Maryland Energy Innovation Institute
1208A Chemical and Nuclear Engineering Building


  • Ph.D., University of Rochester, 2009


  1. The 10th World Congress of Chemical Engineering Travel Grant 2017
  2. The 13th International Conference on Catalysis in Membrane Reactors Travel Award 2017 2017 
  3. The 16th International Congress on Catalysis Travel Award 2016 
  4. National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award 2014
  5. National Science Foundation (NSF) Travel Grant 2014 
  6. The ADVANCE Interdisciplinary & Engaged Research Seed Program Travel Award 2013 
  7. Research and Scholarship Award (RASA), University of Maryland 2013 
  8. Minta Martin Award, A. James Clark School of Engineering, UMD 2012 
  9. Second Place Poster Presentation Award at the Fuel Cell Seminar & Energy Exposition, Akron, OH 2009 
  10. Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation Award, University of Rochester 2009 
  11. Frank J. Horton Graduate Research Fellowship, University of Rochester (award period 2003-2009) 2009 
  12. Excellent Graduate Student Scholarship, Chinese Academy of Sciences 2002 
  13. Annual Symposium Award of Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences 2000 
  14. Excellent Undergraduate Thesis Award, Shandong University 2000 
  15. Outstanding Student Scholarship, Shandong University (award period 1996-2000) 2000 
  16. Outstanding Student Award, Shandong University 1999 
  17. Outstanding Student Award, Shandong University 1997


Materials synthesis and engineering, reaction engineering, heterogeneous catalysis, fuel cells, biofuels, energy.

Our group's research stays at the interface of materials synthesis and catalytic science, with an emphasis on precisely controlling composition and constitution of nanostructured particles and membranes for renewable energy conversion and storage applications. In particular, we are focusing on two avenues: 1) Tailoring the architectures and functionality of nanostructured materials to enable efficient and selective catalytic reactions in biorefinenery and petrochemical/fine chemical conversion; 2) Assembling nanostructured particles and membranes to provide desirable properties in fuel cells and batteries. Our overall objective is nano-engineering of advanced materials with structural elucidation, growth mechanism perception, and industrial application exploration in catalytic conversion technologies to enabling the development of green and sustainable energies. Below, you will find brief descriptions of our ongoing research projects.

For more information, please visit Professor Liu's web site.

Professor Liu teaches or has taught the following courses:

  • CHBE 101: Introduction to Chemical Engineering
  • CHBE486/ENCH648E: Heterogeneous Catalysis for Energy Conversion Applications
  • ENCH640: Advanced Reaction Kinetics


To download these papers in PDFs format, please visit http://www.liu.umd.edu/Publication.html

UMD, Princeton, PPPL, and ANL receive $4.5M for Low Carbon Manufacturing

The research team will explore electrified ammonia synthesis

UMD Scientists Convert Methane without Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Methane converted to higher value commodity chemicals

Clark School Innovators Honored with Invention of the Year Award Nominations

Among the nine 2021 Invention of the Year nominees, four are led by or include Clark School researchers.

Dean Briber Honors Faculty with Research, Teaching Awards

Each year, the dean of the University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering honors exemplary faculty members for their dedication to excellence in research and teaching.

Inaugural Energy Innovation Seed Grants awarded

$100K grants promote energy innovation technology

ChBE Researchers Develop Clean, Efficient Method of Natural Gas Conversion

Sakbodin, Liu and Wachsman have created a membrane reactor that converts methane gas into more valuable material.

Wells and Hulka Fellowships Support Exciting Energy Technologies

Transformative student energy research is funded by the Wells and Hulka Fellowships.

Wells Fellowships Support New Battery and Catalyst Technologies

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering graduate students receive inaugural awards.

Five Clark School Faculty Earn NSF CAREER Awards

Mi, Stoliarov, Liu, Rotkowitz, and Jewell awarded 5-year research grants from the National Science Foundation.

Liu Joins ChBE Faculty

Professor designs nanomaterials used to improve efficiency of sustainable fuels, fuel cells.